Over the summer, the Edinburgh festivals bring a wave of colour and soaring excitement to the city. Eight spectacular festivals proudly serve up the most incredible smorgasbord of culture you could ever imagine, filling the city's performance venues and event spaces in late June, July and August.
Attend a star-studded film premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and listen to top class live music when incredible musicians from all over the world roll into town for the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.
There'll barely be time to catch your breath before the Edinburgh Art Festival launches, an unmissable opportunity to see awesome and thought-provoking visual works created by talented Scottish and international artists.
And there's plenty more to get excited about come August. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo brings an extravaganza of tradition, ceremony and spectacle to Edinburgh Castle Esplanade while the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe mean that visitors and locals alike are well and truly spoilt for choice. Choose from the incredible array of music, theatre, comedy, opera, dance, circus, cabaret, musicals, spoken word, exhibitions, children's shows and physical theatre.
And let's not forget about the Edinburgh International Book Festival where you can join author readings, Q&As and talks covering all types of literature. Most of the events take place in pleasant Charlotte Square, set between the handsome Georgian buildings of Edinburgh's New Town.
Conserve a bit of energy at the end of the month and enjoy the intercontinental delights of the Edinburgh Mela. Leith Links, in the north of the city, is filled with vibrant performances of music and dance of various ethnic origins during this much-anticipated celebration of cultural diversity.